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Friday, September 09, 2005

Full Council Meeting

Last night's well attended meeting saw the Town Council voting to ask the Deputy Prime Minister to call in the planning consent granted to Trent Developments for Folkestone Sea Front. No-one voted against. Several members of the public had spoken against the plans during the open forum section of the meeting. Jimmy Godden, local businessman and Tren't partner in the development was also present at the meeting but did not speak.

Cllr Shirley Newlands, District Secretary for the Environment and SDC officer Jonathan Lund also addressed the council to answer questions about Ground Maintenance in Folkestone. They agreed that the current situation is not acceptable, and assured us that negotiations were under way and improvements would soon be visible. Details of problem flower beds in the town were also requested, and I will provide a list of ones which concern me, focussing on those in Cheriton and Morehall and the more prominent parts of Folkestone

The meeting also discussed the payment of allowances to Councillors. It seems that the majority remain opposed to the idea, but it was agreed that the Finance and General Purposes Committee should make further investigations before a final decision is made. The Conservative Group has agreed to oppose payment of allowances and I spoke against the proposal.

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